Gloria 1

Gloria (Bulgaria) / c. 1932

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Design: A strong design with monolithic images, though what relationship they have to each other is not obvious: is the background shape supposed to represent a pyramid, or a light shining downward? The drawing of the lion is rather like those done by medieval artists whose only source of reference for animals in far-off lands was the verbal description provided by returning explorers.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Dimitar Malchev of Bulgaria, who writes: "Gloria is the name of a small Bulgarian record firm which, along with Flama, could be the earliest label names of the Lifa Record Company, founded by entrepreneur Albert Pincass in the early 1930s. The recording was made in Germany, and the pressing done in Bulgaria."

Design variations of this label in this decade (click on image to view page):

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